Lauren Y. Casteel

(Photo: Courtesy of Kit Williams)
Tomorrow night 10 extraordinary women will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in downtown Denver.

There are six contemporary and four posthumous honorees this year. Previous inductees range from politicians such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Nobel Peace prize nominee Elise Boulding.

Lauren Y. Casteel is a 2014 inductee. She was the first African American woman to lead a Colorado Foundation, the Hunt Alternatives Fund. Currently, she is the Vice President of philanthropic partnerships at the Denver Foundation.

Casteel has developed the inclusiveness project. She was one of the first female television personalities in Denver, and the first female press secretary to former Denver Mayor, Federico Peña. While at the mayor's office, one of her interns was Michael Hancock, now mayor of Denver.